The Longreach buoyancy bazooka designed by Samuel Adeloju has been chosen as this year’s winner of the James Dyson Award competition.
The system shoots an emergency aid out to those at risk of drowning while the emergency services ready the rescue proper. Once the aid hits water it rapidly expands to help keep the victim afloat. The SeaKettle desalination life raft and the REAX re-animation kit have taken the runner-up prizes.
Sydney’s Samuel Adeloju describes his Longreach Buoyancy Deployment System as “a man-portable system that allows for the rapid conveyance of temporary, water-activated buoyancy devices to a drowning victim’s location.” The rescuer takes aim and then launches the buoyancy aid in the direction of the victim, which expands into a life ring upon contact with the water.